Celebrating Mastectomy Scars With a Henna Necklace

This Sunday, June 3rd, celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day, a holiday intended to honor life and raise awareness. Back in November, Jezebel invited and henna artist Shirin Charaniya to collaborate with Chiara D’Agostino, who is living with stage 4 triple negative breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy. They created a beautiful design to decorate, and celebrate, Chiara’s chest.



When I had breast cancer, I heard about a charity offering henna crowns to chemo patients. Great, right? I emailed asking how to sign up for the service, and heard back that their artists would expect a minimum payment of $100. “Sometimes people ask their friends to help fund it,” they helpfully suggested.

Not sure where the charity aspect came in. No henna crown for me.